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Grateful Dead Live at Civic Center on 1974-06-30

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Grateful Dead Live at Civic Center on 1974-06-30

Set 1:
d1t01 - Don't Ease Me In
d1t02 - Black Throated Wind
d1t03 - Peggy-O
d1t04 - Jack Straw
d1t05 - Loser
d1t06 - Greatest Story Ever Told
d1t07 - Cumberland Blues
d1t08 - Dire Wolf
d2t01 - Playing In The Band ->
d2t02 - Uncle John's Band ->
d2t03 - Playing In The Band

Set 1.5:
d2t04 - Seastones

Set 2:
d2t05 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t06 - I Know You Rider
d2t07 - Big River
d3t01 - Scarlet Begonias
d3t02 - El Paso
d3t03 - U.S. Blues ->
d3t04 - Truckin' ->
d3t05 - Eyes Of The World ->
d3t06 - Stella Blue
d4t01 - Not Fade Away ->
d4t02 - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
d4t03 - One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Civic Center
Location Springfield, MA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> CD
Lineage CD -> Samplitude Professional v10.2 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
AKG D-1000E -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD (shnid=15537) supplies:
Cumberland Blues (5:10 - 5:32)
Eyes Of The World (10:30 - 10:55)

-- All disc changes are seamless
-- The show flows better if you put Seastones on disc 4
-- All other circulating sources have a cassette gen in them
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help pitch correcting the patch source


Reviewer: Pig's Pal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2016
Subject: One man's ZZZZs......
....are another man's XXXXXs!
Saw Boston and Pvd but missed this Spfld show.
Great Healy/Charlie sound here let's me experience the beauty of another Dead Jazz fest. PIB and post Eyes jams are wonderful examples of Odyssey of Iska style journeys.
And a blissful Stella is a perfect prelude to a nice dinner of pasta and vino.
Ciao North Beach!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2016
Subject: I'm drowning in you
Very strong Black Throated Wind.
The LOSER! -dig Phil's bass!
GREATEST-Something cracks Weir up/ he laughs while delivering lyrics,
I like Donna's yell towards end of jam.
'Broken propeller,
being replaced with a jet'-WEIR
Cumberland Blues- probably my favorite tune for just flat out dancin' up a storm. nice version. Keith really underneath and Jerry riding high. Phil in with the Rhythm section then Lesh stepping out.(A sound issue at 5:25 but quickly corrected.) OVERALL GREAT RECORDING.
Dire Wolf- not an easy song for them to pull off post 1970 acoustic era. Many times they just over ride the tune. Not here they take their time. Jerry is very deliberate with the lyrics,
he even catches himself getting ready to sing the wrong verse/he laughs and dials up right line.
"Please, Don't murder me"-Weir
"Nah, nah ,no, no"-Garcia
P.I.T.B> U.J.B> P.I.T.B-reprise closing Set 1
easily one of strongest combo's in the Dead vast collection of jam tunes.
The space jam around 17:00 minutes is potent and then slips into Uncle John's Band.
Love to hear Phil singing harmony for U.J.B!!!
Jerry does go on a tear in Uncle John's.
Which Phil matches towards the end.
>Back into Playing reprise!
Very laid back set and super mellow,
The Dead had a very strong following in the New England area and they almost always rose to the occasion when playing the North East.
Donna screams a good one as Keith slams the piano keys and we are Playing in the Band... Like a wave upon the sand...

Sea stones- Me neither (although some of that is the basis for the dissonance during the 1980-90s drumz/space)

Set Two
China> Rider- Did you ever notice in the later years they almost always did one of three things with this combo:
1st set opener
1st set closer
2nd set opener
Here we have it as 2nd set opener.
And to me this is a good choice,
it gives them something structured
yet with an open jam to it.
The jam in the China Cat is GREAT
they end up with 11 minutes here.
That bridge they use to get to RIDER
just has such a lovely sound to it.
I actually like how way laid back this show is because it gives the musicians a chance to enjoy the music they are making. Attention to detail.
I don't know about anybody else around here but i get way more pandemonium at work then i really need.
The Grateful Dead especially Garcia had to invest in the down to keep it all together while everyone else was partying the boys were working. Welcome to the Grateful Dead office.
Coolest FREAKING office in the world.
"I wish I was a headlight..."
Big River-This song was very potent in the 1973-74 era. Always surprised how often it winds up in a key spot in 2nd Set.
(IMHO-It replaced Sitting on top of the World)
Scarlet Begonias- really dig these stand alone Begonia's from 74.
I do like Sisters in the mix.
I love J.G.B. for that
and I enjoyed Donna when she was moaning low,,,
El Paso- personally I love this tune.
While I understand how it ended up relegated to the 1st set it really has a lot of character just like Marty Robbins who wrote it..
I got into Robbins extensive catalog after hearing the Dead cover El Paso.
U.S. Blues is many things but not a jam vehicle,
Still a major improvement from WAVE THAT FLAG
but never fear they make for TRuckin'
Considering that this is one of their most well known tunes it can go so many places.
They can play it straight forward.,
They can go into space,
they can shift into blues mode,
and they choose the later
with a Nobodies Fault rift.
Hey there is a great jam just before EYES that i don't recall hearing before.
EYES circa 73-74 might be the best most beautiful song ever played by the Grateful Dead...
Donna's harmony helps make this tune just perfect.
Phil just killing it on the bass,,, a slight nick in the sound quality, were back,, and then into the jam that would become part of the Slipknot.
Great jam that just melts into Garcia noodling and i am assuming Keith with the Organ.
Wow, Second SPACE jam of the night.
On Dead list/ this end's summer East Coast tour.
STELLA BLUE-Jerry's voice sounds so good here!
NFA>jam>G.D.T.R.F.B>Saturday Night!
Reviewer: QuigonOnTheMountain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2015
Subject: Restricted Downloading
Why dont they let you fucking download these shows....The SBDS n Matrixes im referring to.
Reviewer: kochman - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2013
Subject: Valium Show of June 1974
I want to start with; this source is the best out there. Kudos again to CMiller.

Don't Ease starts with some serious mix issues. Jerry singing to Keith playing.
BTW is sweet. Such a great song. It is played with spunk, and Bob overdoes the singing a bit, which is a testament to the energy.
Peggy-O was a decent performance, a bit slow for me. Decent jam at the end.
Jack Straw managed to gather some steam, not blown away yet.
Loser could give us a shot at something special, but goes nowhere really. So far the set is a 3 of 5. Struggling.
GSET is a great song to push some energy in their playing. Jerry is low in the mix though. In general through source, vocals are too high compared to the instruments. Energy, at least, has picked up substantially. At least this means during the jams, when there isn't Donna flow moaning in the background, you get to hear the instruments at a pretty good mix. Energy has increased at this point.
Cumberland is brimming with pep. This was needed, and for whatever reason, the levels regarding vocals seem a bit better. Maybe it's just Bob and Donna not sucking the chrome off theirs when they get too excited that is helping. Jerry rips out some good solos here. There's a patch here, not really a problem.
Dire slips back into laid back mode.
PITB>UJB>PITB is going to determine a lot about the way I rate this show. They don't waste time getting to the jamming after the verses. Early on Phil does something like a double stop on the base while Jerry searches for the path of noodles to wander down. Billy is just awesome, par excellence. Jerry sits back and lets Keith do some solo on his quasi-organ. I don't think this was a good idea. Poor Billy is pouring his heart out, and Jerry is sitting back and watching. It's kind of how the whole set has gone. He finally steps back in around the 11 minute mark, but I'm a bit disturbed by the flow of what I was hoping would be great. Jerry can bring a show back at any moment, but there's really no push here. Around 14 we get the first hints of a possible Tiger, and about 15:20 it's much more likely to happen. Perhaps a tiger cub, I don't know. Doesn't get there, but at least the jam finally got interesting again after a dip into a boring area. We get into spacey territory at 17:30, with Phil playing a major role, the music comes to almost a complete stop, and UJB arises out of silence. Jerry's intro notes are refreshing at this point. The UJB features much better jamming, driven, and interesting. The jamming contained within those 8 minutes of song was much better than the jamming of 14 minutes of PITB. Let's see how that translates into the return to PITB, it was ok, but UJB was clearly the highlight of the set closing sandwich.

Seastones... I don't listen to it. It does nothing for me.

China Rider to start the 2nd set. Let's hope they took care of whatever they needed to take care of during the intermission. The opening notes are not encouraging... quite a slow tempo. 3 minutes into China Cat and it's still a snoozefest. It's just too laid back, even in the transition. It is also kind of flawless, because it was on valium though. It just kind of drags on, usually by the time they get to Rider I'm rocking in my seat.
Big River is called in to do some emergency field surgery on this wounded show. Thankfully it brings some pep back into the mix. Solid Jerry solos with Billy pounding out the train rhythm behind him.
Scarlet Begonias has a nice tempo, so maybe we've snapped back into the way things should be. However, the jam goes back into mellow areas, and Donna really starts into the flow moaning, her only possible contribution, which sucks. It has some nice noodling in it. It just never really goes anywhere and ends in a fizzle.
El Paso... it's frustrating we're depending on these little ditties to push the energy up. Jerry could still be louder, though his noodling is appreciated. Thus we enter the "dragon"... the meat portion of the show, energy has been pushed back up, but not reaching where it could, again, Garcia just seems a step behind tonight.
US Blues>Truckin>Nobody’s Fault Jam>Eyes>Stella. US Blues seems a good way to sustain the energy, especially into Truckin. No matter how hard Billy pushes, of Phil, or Keith, Jerry is stuck in mediocreville, and now starting to make mistakes as well. Truckin, again, features other members pushing to go further, but the Jerry soloing stays slower. It's quite bluesy, and this inspires the move into the Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam they go into. I guess go with what you've got cooking.
We work our way into Eyes, and it's got a nice rhythm to it. Nice noodling in here, as we would expect. Thus far, this is the first of the jammier songs that is actually fully enjoyable, well, perhaps UJB too. It took a long time to get here, and I'm still not overly impressed. This one goes into some interesting nooks and crannies that I don't typically expect in the more structured jams of Eyes. This then heads into Stella, to wrap up the sequence. I kind of feel like Jerry forgot to knock the dust of his guitar strings, and this song is no different. Some could say it's more psychedelic than usual, and in a way it is, but just lacking that charm the song usually has.
The final trifecta for the eve will be NFA>GDTRFB>OMSN. I have lost most interest in the show at this point. Again, Jerry is just rather AWOL. I would like to think it had to do with being low in the mix, but it isn't.

I wonder if the other reviewers actually listened to this show, which I will call, henceforth, the Valium Show of June 1974. At no point did they flirt with the X factor, and I consider it an off night for Jerry, which is still good.
Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2011
Subject: The jam after Eyes
is intense. Just listened to the whole show including Seastones. Great experience, great recording/remastering- love the way it fades out to an audience version a couple of times to give you a sense of the cavernous nature and echo of the arena without having to listen to it that way all the way through.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2010
Subject: 6-30-74
It's summer '74. That's all that needs to be said. Another fine remaster by Charlie to boot.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2009
Subject: this show... really awesome, the setlist is pretty much perfect and the playin is real hot. quality of this board is excellent, best on here imo. only two tiny cuts and both patched very well with decet auds. its sad how almost every 74 board has the first track pretty much sacrificed as the set-up track with levels flying up and down until its just exactly perfect. give this a listen for sure, even the seastones is interesting. cant wait to see these guys on tour this spring, just pre ordered tickets today!
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2008
Subject: End of epic tour
The June '74 tour was historical, with many shows becoming part of our collective pysches and music collections. This show features an amazing 1st set that is a highlight of the show. After dealing with some technical difficulties to start Don't Ease the band settles in for some very fine playing and keeps raising their game and ends very strongly with a wonderful Playin>UJB> Playin'. Set II starts off with another spirted China>Rider, Scarlet is quite good too. The meat of the set is not as driven and instense as the previous nights n Boston & Providence but the jam out of Eyes into a soft space into Stella is nice. They end the show very strongly with an an outstanding NFA> GDTRFB>Saturday night. Sound quality is a 5++ and the bands sound is perfect maybe the best of 1974.
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